Luhtala’s family say organizers apparently determined that the section of the course in the mountains was “impassable and therefore re-routed the course from uni-directional to bi-directional” and failed to properly inform drivers of the design modifications, which also included left-side pit stops. Luhtala, 48, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, died of a heart attack four days after the collision while recovering at a San Diego hospital after having part of his left leg amputated, according to news reports.
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He was a pilot, airplane mechanic and award-winning airplane restorer, the Palm Beach Post reported. Named defendants are Promote Mexico LLC, with its principal place of business in Nevada, and Score International. The complaint identifies Promote Mexico as the parent company and alter ego of Score International. Luhtala’s wife, Holly, and two children also claim the race organizers failed to provide Luhtala with prompt paramedic treatment and an airlift to a hospital for immediate care, with the delay contributing to his death. Organizers told drivers that such medical attention would be available, the plaintiffs say. Luhtala was “left untreated for six hours in the desert crushed inside his vehicle, profusely bleeding out, with no medical assistance,” the family says in the lawsuit. Reno attorney Peter Mazzeo and attorney Craig Goldenfarb of West Palm Beach, Florida, represent the plaintiffs. Score International did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.""
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